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COVID-19 Cases Continue to Increase In Galt

City officials urge residents and businesses to remain vigilant in social distancing and sanitation practices

Post Date:06/20/2020 10:15 PM

The City of Galt has seen a sudden rise in the number of COVID-19 cases recently and City officials are urging residents and businesses to stay vigilant and continue taking precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus.  On Friday, Sacramento County public health officials reported 2,069 total cases of COVID-19, with 1,429 of those likely recovered, and 67 deaths.  The City of Galt comprises 52 of the total 2,069 cases, and has yet to report any deaths.  The number of cases in Galt has tripled since May 1, 2020, indicating continued spread of the virus. 

“It’s not an alarming number of total cases, however we do want to ensure that our residents and businesses are still taking this virus seriously, and are continuing to practice social distancing and proper sanitation procedures when they are out in public or in the workplace,” stated Tom Haglund, Interim City Manager.  “The majority of our businesses are finally able to reopen, the last thing we should do is move forward under the false pretenses that this virus is no longer circulating in Galt, because it is clearly still spreading in our community,” he continued.

In neighboring San Joaquin County, cases of COVID-19 have jumped more than 300% from May, to 2,177 total cases, with 48 deaths.  As of Thursday, the county was down to 15 available ICU beds spread among the county’s seven hospitals.  Galt’s closest hospital, Lodi Memorial, is located in San Joaquin County in the City of Lodi.  Lodi Memorial has advised EMS partners that it is seeing a surge in infections, both patients and staff, and is limiting hospital admissions to COVID-19 patients only.  All other admissions are being diverted to Dameron Hospital in Stockton.  This has caused considerable concern for City officials. “Although there has been some relaxation of the stay-at-home orders, we need to ensure that our residents and businesses stay safe, which includes following the health and safety protocols that remain in place at the state and county levels,” said Mayor Paul Sandhu. 

The state has issued industry specific guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in business establishments.  Individual businesses are responsible for reviewing the guidelines pertaining to their respective industries and implementing the safety protocols.  State issued industry guidance can be

found at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/ and https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#top. Before reopening, all establishments must:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and create a site-specific protection plan;
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, this includes how to screen themselves for symptoms and when to stay home;
  3. Set-up individual control measures and screenings;
  4. Put disinfection protocols in place;
  5. Establish physical distancing guidelines.

In addition, effective June 18, the California Department of Public Health announced that all Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible, citing that people who are infected but are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic play an important part in community spread.  In an effort to warrant compliance with this new guideline, the City has obtained an ample supply of face coverings which are available (free of charge) to Galt businesses.  Employers should visit http://www.ci.galt.ca.us/Home/Components/News/News/1033/30 for details and to coordinate pick-up of face coverings. 

City of Galt officials have a responsibility to ensure the health and welfare of its citizens.  It is important that the entire community do their part to help contain the spread of COVID-19.  For questions regarding essential businesses or activities allowed under the current Public Health Order, please contact the City of Galt Community Development Department at (209) 366-7230 or the Sacramento County Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.

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